Talking Sex with Your Senior Parent
For Immediate Release – January 23, 2012
The Society of Certified Senior Advisors has released an article that discusses changes in sexual function that comes with aging, and the adjustments that seniors can make to combat these changes. If seniors accept the stereotype that they can’t or won’t have a healthy physical and emotional sex life, they risk losing one of the most important parts of their lives – and their health.
Excerpts from article:
"You should continue to have good sex for the same reason you should continue to get good exercise: It's taking care of yourself. Wake up your body again if it has been shut down," says Joani Blank, MPH, author of Still Doing It: Women and Men Over 60 Write About Their Sexuality.
Seniors may need guidance in this area. As indicated by the University of Chicago study, many seniors have not thought about having sex or intimate relationships for a long time. As uncomfortable as it may be for an adult child and for the senior to discuss sex, better overall health is really the goal. It stands to reason that a senior’s life will be better if their sexual needs are being met. When adult children are preparing to discuss sex with their parent, they should consider the senior’s physical limitations, moral and religious preferences, and personal history. The adult child will become a compassionate resource for their parent if the approach is personalized in this way. Here are some tips for helping seniors find out what they really want with respect to sexual contact and intimacy.
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SCSA's mission is to educate professionals to work more effectively with their senior clients. For those who work with seniors, this means understanding the key health, social and financial factors that are important to seniors—and how these factors work together. For more information about SCSA and its educational course, please visit www.csa.us.
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